Podcast E10 The Matrix – The Red Pill or the Blue Pill
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Podcast E10 The Matrix – The Red Pill or the Blue Pill
Hello, and Welcome to the Anvil Podcast E10! Today we are starting a brand new series continuing with our movie theme. In this series we are going to talk about lessons we can learn from The Matrix, and how to apply them to our lives.
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This weeks episode as we introduce our new series on The Matrix we are going to be talking about The Red Pill, and the Blue Pill.
Obviously if you have not seen The Matrix *spoiler alert* this will ruin it for you. Also the M came out in ’99, so if its been awhile since you’ve seen it, try and check it out. It will help the things we are going to talk about be a little more clear.
For this series there I have a new challenge for you. I’d like you to start really considering who you are. Start taking small steps today, and hopefully a little everyday to start taking an honest look at what kind of a man you are.
What kind of a man you think you are, what kind of man others think you are, and what kind of man God thinks you are.
With that lets get into it…
So the Red Pill or the Blue Pill.
There are so many themes, and lessons in the M. It is full of all kinds of philosophical, and religious ideas, and concepts. To me it is the best secular Christian movie out there. The entirety of the movie is the best secular depiction of the Gospel that I have seen.
Also for clarity I am going to focus on the M, not the trilogy. It was never supposed to be a trilogy, and well I’d rather just pass on the 2nd and 3rd movies from the trilogy.
There is a lot to the M, and the concepts inside and behind them, but the first one I’d like to talk about is the Red Pill or the Blue Pill.
The most significant part of this is really the choice. Neo has a choice to make that will forever change, and shape not only his life, but the lives of others.
Let’s back up for a second though in case it’s been awhile since you’ve seen the movie. The main character Thomas Anderson aka Neo starts off litterally asleep (which is important and significant, but we will get into that later) in his search for a man named Morphious to really try and find out what the M is. He has some sort of illegal computer hacking hobby on the side, and a good stable job at a reputable software company.
In his search for Morphious, it is Morphious that actually finds him. Just before Neo meets Morphious, Trinity advises him to “Be honest. He knows more then you can imagine.”
Before we get too much further, there are so many parallels that can be drawn here, I’d like you to know where my head is at before continuing on.
Most people see Neo as the savior, very similar to Jesus. Some see Morphious as John the Babtist, and the list continues. Most would agree that he is the “One” to bring an end to the war, and to the M. If you look at the trilogy as a whole, that is all fairly clear, but I’d like to offer a different perspective.
Because Neo is saved by others that kills the parallel to Christ, or a Savior in that sense. What I am suggesting is that Neo is just a man, like you or me, and is searching for answers to the things in his life that deep down he knows are “off”, but can’t explain it.
That is how I see Neo. I see Morphious as a pastor, a older wiser man who offers Neo the choice to choose the Red Pill or the Blue Pill. To show him “how far the rabbit hole goes.”
Before offering this choice Morphious asks Neo about his belief in Fate. Neo responds that he doesn’t believe in fate because he doesn’t like the idea that he is not in control of his life.
This brings up a huge debate among Christians. Do we actually have a choice, or not. Are we predestined and chosen by God, or do we have the free will to accept or reject the free gift of salvation? I don’t have a clear difinitive answer there for you. There are men much wiser, and better educated then me that have spent the majority of their lives studying the subject on both sides. Both with good, logical, biblical, and philosophical points.
Where I have landed is that I think that there is a perfect balance of both, and just can’t wrap our human minds around that. We have free will to choose, and God also chooses us. We have the free will to choose to live, and act in any way we want to. At the same time God is in absolute control of everything, and can do anything He pleases.
We also see this in the M. Neo is given a choice between the Red and Blue Pills, and at the same time, fulfills the prophecy, his destiny as the One, and seemingly falls right inline with fate.
And Trinity’s advice to “be honest”, I don’t think is for Neo to be honest with Morphious, but with himself. Because he is going to make a choice either way, and until he is honest with himself he isn’t ready to make that choice.
As Morphious sits down, and prepares to give him the choice between the pills he explains why Neo is there. That Neo knows there is something wrong with the world, but he can’t explain it. The world is not as it should be. In the movie it is the Matrix.
Morphious tries to explain the M to him, but it is not something that can be explained, it is something that he has to see it for himself. The M is a world that has been pulled over his eyes to blind him from the truth. The truth that he is a slave. That he like everyone else was born into a prison that he cannot see, or smell, or taste, or touch.
Then comes the time for Neo to choose. If he takes the Blue Pill the story ends, and he wakes up in his bed, and believes whatever he wants to believe. If he takes the Red Pill he stays in Wonderland, and finds out how deep the rabbit hole goes. Then, just before taking the Red Pill, Morphious says “remember, I am offering you the truth nothing more”
Man I wish we presented the Gospel like that. It is sadly more accurate. Someone is going to make a choice one way or the other. They are going to choose to discover the truth making Jesus Lord, or go home and believe whatever they want to believe.
If that is you. If you now, today find yourselves at that crossroad of choosing to find out what the Truth is, and what it means to aknowledge Christ as Lord. Let us know. Shoot me an email at David@AnvilMinistries.com Come and see what Anvil is all about. Come check out our website.
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So… Back to choice. Men, regardless of your theology here we do have a choice. A choice to follow God or not. It’s one that we make every day. On purpose, or not. Our lives are the proof. Our lives are the result of the choices we have made.
Now I bring this up because just about all of us have things in our lives right now that we are not happy with. Things that are not working. The only way to change that is to exercise the freedom Christ gave us to choose differently.
Like the M we are all born into slavery. Born into a prison we cannot see, or smell, or taste, or touch. Sin is a prison, and if we are not slaves to Christ, we are slaves to sin.
Romans 6:16 ESV
“Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?”
We choose to be a slave to sin, or a slave to Christ.
John 8:34-36 ESV
“Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
Now if you have spent some time in church you have likely heard that verse, or one similar to it. Christ setting us free from sin is an awesome thing, but what does that mean? What does that look like?
It means that without Christ the life-controlling power of sin, and the guilt that comes with it is something that we have to carry. It is a part of us, a part of who we are. We are not able to choose differently.
That is what makes it so great. In Christ we are set free from that. We can choose differently if we choose Christ. Our lives no longer have to be controlled by the power of sin, because the power of Christ is greater then the power of sin. All that guilt, and shame is not something that we need to carry around with us any more.
Here is the sad part though, and part of the challenge I have for you in this series. Many of us that are Christians. Those of us that are Disciples of Christ. Believers. We are set free from all of this, but often times we don’t choose freedom. Like a dog that returns to his vomit, we return to our sin, we pick up all that guilt, and pressure, and shame. All of the very things that Christ set us free from. I have been there, and still am from time to time.
But men, I share this with you not to add to your guilt, and shame, but to help you see, and know, and remember that you are free from it. It doesn’t have to be that way. It is up to us to determine what we want to do with that freedom.
So, if there is something in your life that you would like to be different, choose differently. Be aggressive, and intentional about it. Exercise the freedom Christ has given you. When your all alone, you don’t have to look at porn. When you’re feeling depressed, you don’t need to have a drink, or a hit, or just go get laid. Or whatever it is thats going on in your life. I don’t know what it is, but you do. And God does. And neither of you want you to be a slave to it anymore. So choose differently.
Now, this may not be a sin you’re struggling with. It may be guilt from something in your past. So many times in working with men they carry this burden of guilt and shame as belivers. Christ set us free from that too. Let it go. Christ forgave you – now you need to forgive yourself so you can move forward on to the things that He has called you to. He set us free men! It’s time we start living like it.
I am not condoning things like leaving your wife. Even if she is one of the things in your life that “isn’t working for you.” When seeking change in your life, it is always a good idea to pray about it, and seek the the wisdom of godly men you trust. If marriage, or your wife “isn’t working for you”, you do need to choose to do things differently, but leaving is likely not one of them.
So men, the choice is yours. May you choose wisely…
I love practical teaching, and taking action. So here is something you can do this week to find your strength-
Take inventory of the things in your life, and see how it reflects the choices you have made. Things like your living situation, your place in school or work. Things like how your relationships are, especially with those that are or should be close to you (immediate fam, wife, kids, etc.)
What is going well, what isn’t in your life. What about guilt, and shame? Are you carrying around things that you don’t need to? Are there some things that you need to forgive yourself for? If Christ forgave you, you can forgive you.
Rember there is a difference between guilt and shame, and conviction. Is there an area of your life that you are not feeling guilty, but convicted? What sin’s are in your life? How can you choose differently so they are in your life less?
Pray about that this week, and start taking a real honest look at who you are as a man.
That wraps up our episode. I hope you found some value it. It is my honor serving you here. Our next episode we will continue our series on the Matrix where we are going to talk about the concept of “there is no spoon”, and how we can apply that to our lives. You wont want to miss it.
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